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Robert Somers-Smith

Full name: John Robert Somers-Smith
Gender: Male
Weight: 152 lbs (69 kg)
Born: December 15, 1887 in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, Great Britain
Died: July 1, 1916 in Gommecourt, Pas-de-Calais, France
Affiliations: Leander Club, Henley-on-Thames (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Rowing

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


John Somers-Smith attended Eton and Magdalen College, Oxford and continued the strong family sporting traditions at both establishments. His father, also an Old Etonian, ran for Oxford against Cambridge in 1868 and 1869 and was twice the AAA half-mile champion, while his brother, Richard, of Eton and Merton College, rowed against Cambridge in 1904 and 1905. John never won a blue himself and apart from stroking the winning Olympic four, his greatest success was as a member of the Leander crew that won the Grand in 1910 and 1911. Somers-Smith won a Military Cross in 1916 and was killed in action exactly one year and one day after his brother had lost his life at the front. The varying fortunes of Olympic champions cannot be more poignantly illustrated than by the fate of the four young men from Magdalen College, Oxford who won the coxless fours at the 1908 Olympic Games. Two were killed in the war and the two who serviced became Knights of the Realm.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 20 London Rowing Men's Coxless Fours Magdalen College Boat Club-1 GBR 1 Gold

Men's Coxless Fours

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T
1908 Summer 20 London Rowing Magdalen College Boat Club-1 GBR Final 8:34.0
1908 Summer 20 London Rowing Magdalen College Boat Club-1 GBR Semi-Finals Heat One 8:34.0
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